Thieves snatch $2,000 in cigarettes from South Bend gas station

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --  The manager of a South Bend gas station had a mess to clean up early Monday morning after two masked thieves smashed a hole in the glass window of the door, and snatched 26 cartons of cigarettes, worth about $2,000.

South Bend Police responded to the call around 2 a.m. at the BP station, located at 3627 E. McKinley Avenue.

The manager said the surveillance video shows two men, one wearing a black sweatshirt and grey sweatpants, the other sporting a grey sweatshirt and jeans, load a black trash bag full of cigarettes. He said it also looked as though the men tried to get to the Newports, since it is a more expensive brand, but they were unable to steal them.

According to the video, the manager told ABC 57 he thinks the suspects walked from the alley behind the building, and also took off on foot.

The manager told ABC 57 he would be giving the surveillance video to officers, but since there was not a clear shot of the suspects’ faces, he said he doubts police will be able to catch the thieves.

Within about two hours, crews boarded up the door and swept up the shattered pieces of glass.

The manager said in the last two years, there have been attempted burglaries, but none were successful until Monday morning.

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